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Re: Straterra approval.

Posted by noa on December 28, 2002, at 18:22:13

In reply to Re: Straterra approval., posted by jrbecker on December 28, 2002, at 11:22:33

I think by "SNRI", viridis was indicating "selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor", which is what you were saying, too (just using different initials). This is also how it was described to me by someon I had the good fortune to meet who happens to work at one of the research sites where the efficacy studies were done (comparison to other meds or no meds). This was about a month and a half ago. At that point, he told me it had been delyed (he thought until next spring) by frivolous legal attempts by the competitors to just delay the approval (the latest challenge was that the stimulant manufacturers wanted the FDA to classify the atomoxatine as a controlled substance--even though it contains nothing that should be controlled--just because it would be unfair to the competitors). So I'm glad the approval came through sooner than this guy expected. He said (and granted, he may be biased!) that there were very little signs of side effects because its action is highly selective and that it was shown to be effective.

In any event, it is nice to see an alternative to stims come out. There is not enough R&D on new meds (although this was, my understanding is, actually an old drug unburied from many years of not being used for anything.

I don't know if will help me as I take adderall not for ADHD but for depression, and augmentation of my antidepressants, although it does alleviate the symptoms that are ADHD-like. I asked my pdoc about it last week and he said he has not experience with it so he doesn't know if it would be better than adderall for me (I have no particular complaints about adderall anyway) but he said it is related to reboxetine, which is not approved in the US, although he has one patient who gets it from England. He just doesn't know how similar it is to Reboxetine or not.




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